2023: Former Chief of Army Staff, Buratai denies presidential ambition


… Distances self from calls to contest

Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin and former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd.) has denied speculations in some quarters that he may be nursing an ambition to contest for the position of President, Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2023 presidential election.

Recall that in the past few weeks, speculation has been rife that the former Chief of Army Staff, now Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin may be lacing his boots, once again, for the 2023 political battle.

However, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman (rtd.) in a statement made available to the National Association of Online Security Reporters (NAOSRE) denied such ambition and called on Nigerians to disregard the information.

Brig. Gen. Usman while acknowledging that there had been calls by some people for Buratai to join partisan politics and contest for the office of the President as well as many people disseminating his campaign posters in a bid to drag him into the contest, maintained that the Ambassador had never indicated interest, discussed with or directed anyone on such matters.

“Therefore, such calls and posters should be discountenance as they did not emanate from him nor is he interested in them. It is entirely the handiwork of some people for reasons best known to them.

“His Excellency wishes to reiterate his contentment and commitment to national service in his present capacity as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Benin Republic. He remains loyal and eternally grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity to serve.

“He, however, wishes to thank all well-meaning persons, friends and well-wishers who showed concern over this development”, he said.

Photo: Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin and former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd.).

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